The Short Story
You do not need improving
Gazillions of pounds are generated out of making women feel bad about themselves. I believe that you are just fine as you are; even when you feel horrible you can heal and find your own way to live contentedly and creatively. If you need it, I can hold space for you to let go and find threads of joy and ease within yourself, so you can start to accept and heal.
I am a menstrual and menopause mentor and workshop facilitator and have been a therapist for more than a quarter of a century. I’ve featured in Time Out, The Evening Standard, the London Metro and written for well-known well-being publications, like Well Doing, Juno Magazine, Counsellors Cafe, Mind Body Green and Massage Magazine, you can scroll to find more articles here. I’m in second spring, which means post-menopause, and have deep gratitude for the education that the menopause process has gifted me.
My mission is to change the way we regard menopause and show women how to relax into their own, inner authority through their cyclical nature and menopause process.
I refuse to take myself too seriously and try to never take anything on that is not pleasurable and delicious.
The long story
I am constantly deepening my understanding of healing and growth with personal research into falling on my face and getting up again, you can read some of my more personal reflections in these articles.
I started to massage professionally in 1993, running a successful on-site massage company, working with Reiki and with women affected by HIV and AIDS at Body and Soul and in private practice. After training in Biodynamic methods with Gerda Boyesen I deepened my understanding by studying at Chiron gaining a certificate in Body Psychotherapy and Biodynamic Massage.
I have worked in many settings teaching, practising and writing about massage, usually focusing on women’s health and am still fascinated with the process of empowering women by supporting body awareness.
I brought a bloody brilliant gang of women together supporting each other in PAPA, a birth network in Watford. Some of the connections made at PAPA created businesses and projects that are still vibrant today.
I trained in abdominal massage in 2013 with Helen Petch and Clare Blake. It makes the perfect bridge between the energetic healing of Biodynamic work and the issues that arise from the cyclical nature of being a woman. My fertility massage and rebozo massage skills have been developed further by studying fertility massage with Clare Blake in 2014.
For many years I also supported therapists to feel relaxed about their marketing with online training.
Having come across the film ‘Moon Inside You’ by chance, I became aware of the awesome, luminous figure that is Alexandra Pope and finding that she was teaching in the UK attended her workshops in menstruality and took the Women’s Quest Apprenticeship Leadership Training in 2016. I’ve been following her around ever since.
In partnership with Leora Leboff, I run Woman Kind retreats, facilitating virtual and real-life retreats for groups of menstruating and menopause women and therapists to build more kindness into their lives.
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